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If you're having a hard time understanding literature, don't despair. After you've read the poem, short story, play, or novel, take a look at these study guides. Find questions, lists of terms for consideration, and more. Read on.

1984 Study Guide
1984 is a novel by George Orwell. This novel discusses: the devastating effects of an authoritarian society, where thoughtcrime is illegal.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Study Guide
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain. This adventure novel was published in 1884, and it tells the story of Huck Finn's trip down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave, Jim.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer Study Guide
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a popular book about boys growing up, by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). This adventure novel was published in 1876, and it introduces us to the impish Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain went on to write more about Tom Sawyer and his friend, Huck Finn, in the controversial Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Age of Innocence Study Guide
The Age of Innocence is a famous American novel, written by Edith Wharton, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. This award-winning novel is widely studied and revered as one of the most important novels in American literature. Here's a study guide--with resources, questions, and other study tools.

Awakening Study Guide
The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin. The book was published in 1899, and it centers around Edna Pontellier. She is a young wife and mother until she begins to awaken to herself (who she is and what she wants) while on vacation in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Here's a study guide for The Awakening.

Catcher in the Rye Study Guide
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D. Salinger. Holden is an outsider, with a cynical view of the world and others.

Death Be Not Proud Study Guide
John Gunther was already an established journalist when he wrote Death Be Not Proud. Learn more about this famous death memoir, with this study guide.

Devil and Tom Walker Study Guide
"The Devil and Tom Walker" is one of the most famous short stories by Washington Irving. The work was published in 1824 as part of the Money-Diggers series, in his short story collection, Tales of a Traveler. Set in New England, the story takes place in the 1700s.

Importance of Being Earnest Study Guide
The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde. This popular satirical play pokes fun at Victorian manners and foibles. Here's a study guide--with resources, questions, and other study tools.

Jane Eyre Study Guide
Jane Eyre is the favorite romantic tale of an orphan who makes a journey to adulthood accompanied by the unkindness of relatives, the horrors of boarding school, and destructive discoveries in love. The novel is a rags-to-riches story, where a Cinderella-type character must find her place.

Lady of Shalott Study Guide
"The Lady of Shalott" is a poem by Lord Tennyson. Tennyson retells the story of the fair maiden who dies for love in "The Lady of Shalott" (with two versions: 1833 and 1842). Here's a study guide for "The Lady of Shalott."

Madame Bovary Study Guide
Madame Bovary is a novel by Gustave Flaubert. This Great French Novel discusses: sex, alienation, and hopelessness. Dreams are never realized; hopes are dashed; and passion is meaningless.

My Last Duchess Study Guide
"My Last Duchess" is one of the works for which Robert Browning is remembered. This dramatic monologue is widely studied as an important poem in Victorian literature. There's also some curiosity (and even controversy) surrounding what may have happened to the duchess of the poem. Here's a study guide for "My Last Duchess."

Of Mice and Men Study Guide
Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck. This Great American Novel centers around two farm hands: George and Lenny. They are alienated and outsiders--running from one place to the next--but they still want a piece of the American Dream.

Passage to India Study Guide
A Passage to India is a modern novel by E.M. Forster. This famous novel explores the ramifications of English colonization in India. This award-winning classic is considered one of the greatest English novels of its age. Study and learn more about this important work in English literature.

Pride and Prejudice Study Guide
Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous novels by Jane Austen. Published in 1813, the book was Austen's second published novel. The book was originally titled First Impressions, and it is a novel of manners. Read more about Jane Austen's classic work

Scarlet Letter Study Guide
The Scarlet Letter is a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in New England, with a Puritanical mentality, this Great American Novel discusses: sex, punishment, and the psychological effects of guilt.

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Study Guide
An anonymous writer created "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" in the 14th century. The Green Knight attends the New Year celebrations at King Arthur's Camelot to issue a challenge, which was taken up by Sir Gawain. Read more about "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."

Story of An Hour Study Guide
"The Story of An Hour" is a short story by Kate Chopin. The story was published in 1894, and it spans a one-hour span of time in the life of Mrs. Millard.

Treasure Island Study Guide
Treasure Island is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. This adventure novel centers around Jim Hawkins, a young boy who is caught up in the search for a long-lost treasure. There's pirates, mutiny, a treasure map--all the elements of a memorable adventure tale.

Wuthering Heights Study Guide
Wuthering Heights is a famous Gothic novel, which features intense and passionate love--run through with cruelty and tragedy. Although the novel is controversial, it's also widely studied and revered as one of the most important novels in English literature. Here's a study guide--with resources, questions, and other study tools.

Dante's 9 Circles of Hell
A structural overview for Book 1 (Inferno) of Dante Alighier's Diveine Comedy.

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